Boris Johnson is facing appeals from within his own party to take a six-month welfare cut of £6bn to help the country’s poorest families survive the living crisis this winter.
With rising energy and food bills, and expected wage pressure through high inflation, the charity fears a £20-a-week “uplift” for Universal Credit (UC) and the Working Tax Credit will be delayed. Removal will kill millions of people with hunger and difficulties in the coming months
Scheduled for Wednesday, the cuts – which have been called “brutal” by a Tory MP – threaten to overshadow the prime minister’s keynote speech at the Conservative Party convention in Manchester on the same day. But Mr Johnson said on Sunday that it would not be “appropriate” to maintain the rise as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, adding that he was not prepared to “raise taxes to subsidize low wages”.
UC’s architect, former Tory leader Sir Ian Duncan Smith, said that if the uplift cannot last indefinitely, it should at least be kept until the underprivileged families have weathered the winter.
and Conservative MP Nigel Mills told Granthshala: “With the cost of living rising rapidly, this is not the time to give that help away.”
An analysis by the anti-poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation showed that 5.5 million households would lose up to £1,040 per year from the loss of regeneration, pushing half a million people – including 200,000 children – into poverty.
The Foundation’s Katie Schmucker said: “The prime minister is leaving millions with his eyes open to hunger and hardship. The biggest overnight cut in Social Security ever stands in front of the government’s mission to unite and level our nation.
“People’s bills will not be cheap from Wednesday at £87 a month, and families are already worried about how they will recover from the crisis of living. The decision is set to plunge half a million people into poverty, and shows a complete disregard for the consequences. The prime minister can’t say he hasn’t been warned; He should drop this deduction.”
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